MJSA. Professional excellence in jewelry making and design.

Niobium Ring by Kirk Lang

Metal Techniques Library

Note: For a full list of available articles on metal techniques (including those available in PDF format only), go to the MJSA Bookstore. To return to the online article search, click here.

Above the Fold Charles Lewton-Brain on the art of foldforming. By John Shanahan

Around the Bend Tips and tricks for scoring metal. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Back in Black Tips for blackening silver. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Banishing the Blues  Overcoming the challenges of platinum-cobalt. By Shawna Kulpa

The Big Finish Techniques for popular finishing touches. By John Shanahan

A Blackening Eggsperiment Blackening silver with a hard-boiled egg. By Jack and Elizabeth Gualtieri

Catching Cold Tim McCreight puts it all together with cold connections. By John Shanahan

Color By Number A step-by-step look at fabricating and anodizing a titanium ring. By Kirk Lang

Crocheting Chain Presenter: Ann Cahoon, Flying Marquis Studio; video shot and edited by Travis Searle; music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com

De-Ox Silver Alloy Comparison Casting and fabrication alloys

Everything’s Fine Victoria Lansford on the art of filigree—Russian or otherwise. By John Shanahan

Finishing Handmade Chain Presenter: Ann Cahoon, Flying Marquis Studio; video shot and edited by Travis Searle; music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com

From Scratch. Making metal sheet, wire, and rod by hand. By Jo Haemer

Hammer It Home David Huang on raising and the movement of metal. By John Shanahan

In the Loop Step-by-step instructions for making a crocheted chain. By Michael David Sturlin

Layered Looks Considering the steady high price of gold over the past few years, more jewelers are turning to gold-filled—a layer of karat gold bonded to a core metal—as a budget-friendly option. Here’s what you need to know about working with gold-filled materials. By Shannon L. Brown

Looking Glass. Amy Roper Lyons on the care and considerations of enameling. By John Shanahan

The Looks of Foldforming The 10 techniques of foldforming. By Charles Lewton-Brain

The Next Generation of Metal Trends Discover the top jewelry trends and where the metal markets may be heading. Compiled by Shawna Kulpa

Natural Curves A step-by-step guide to making a foldform bracelet using a line fold. By Charles Lewton-Brain

On the Bright Side Getting to know de-oxidized sterling silver alloys. By Irina Missiuro

On Red Alert The trials and tribulations of working with red gold. By Shawna Kulpa

Paint It Black A step-by-step project depicting Belle Brooke Barer’s blackening process.

Painting in Metals George Sawyer on the art of mokumé gane. By John Shanahan

Plating Patterns Tips for using resists and electroplating to create patterns on non-precious metals. By Charles Lewton-Brain

Practice Makes Perfect Tips for creating your own gold alloys. By Shawna Kulpa

Reactive Hues Titanium and niobium offer designers and manufacturers the unique ability to transform the metal’s apprearance from an ordinary gray to nearly any color found in a rainbow. Learn how to design with and anodize these reactive metals. By Kirk Lang

Seamless Construction  Using simple tools to make a Heistad cup. By Charles Lewton Brain

Solid Rivets  A step-by-step guide to an essential cold connection. By Helen I. Driggs

Step Up to the Plate  A beginner’s guide to plating. By Sharon Elaine Thompson

Together Forever  Joining two metals to produce a match made in heaven. By Shannon Cournoyer

A Touch of Gold  Jayne Redman adds elegance and value with keum-boo. By Shannon L. Brown

Weaving Loop-in-Loop Chain  Presenter: Ann Cahoon, Flying Marquis Studio; video shot and edited by Travis Searle; music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com


MJSA Advantage

MJSA members receive exclusive informational and marketing benefits, from free promotional placements to information research services.